Buffalo, New York – March 13, 2012 – With a committed focus to being community oriented, the Buffalo Warriors an Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League (ACPBL) team are partnering with a local youth basketball team at The Belle Center to help encourage physical fitness and academic discipline.
The Buffalo Warriors donated fifteen customized uniforms that closely resemble their own to their understudies, “The B.C. Warriors”- youth basketball team at The Belle Center. A “Warriors Celebration” will take place 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 104 Maryland Street Buffalo, NY 14201. At the event The B.C. Warriors will be presented with customized uniforms by The Buffalo Warriors. In addition, the event will create awareness about how the basketball program transcends hoops and provides mentorship and tutoring to team members.
The basketball program at The Belle Center allows fifteen disadvantaged youth between the ages of 12-15 to become involved in an empowering and structured athletic program. Not only does the program place a demand on the youth to have a commitment to physical fitness, but also to academics. All youth must have a minimum average of 85% in order to play on the team. If they score less than 85% they are provided with the support of a tutor and placed on probation until the requirement is met. In addition, the team encourages parental involvement to increase and strengthen the network of support for youth on the team.
The partnership with The Buffalo Warriors and youth basketball team at The Belle Center-a nonprofit organization on the Lower West Side of Buffalo offers a positive outlet for underserved youth in the City. The Belle Center works daily to improve lives, create opportunities and foster self-sufficiency for hundreds of underprivileged children and families to attain their goals and have success in life.
With the new innovative educational services that The Belle Center now offers, it also boasts a rich history filled with memories of exciting community basketball games on the indoor and outdoor courts dating back to the 1970’s. Buffalo basketball’s best talent played on The Belle Center’s floor! New memories are now being created on these same courts that now have youth bouncing basketballs towards better grades in school and ultimately, success in life. The Belle Center is helping to create the world’s future leaders! “I just love playing basketball, I picked the Warriors over any other team because I like the family aspect of the team and the coaches are teaching me to be more vocal and a leader” said Michael Torres, 14 year old guard for The B.C. Warriors.
Tue, March 13, 2012
by Callie Johnson